Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Mixed Media Challenge Blog #28

Alright, September is here!!! (Please tell me that September means it is going to cool off here in Atlanta, because this summer has been a scorcher!!)  And hopefully, to help us start this cool down is this month's amazingly cool challenge ... Rustic!! Oh boy, I so love rustic farms, barns, old houses, churches, fences ... the list goes on and on!!! So come and join The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and the Canvas Corp Brand for our amazing challenge this month!!

Canvas Corp Brand is our amazing and amazingly generous sponsor this month!! And one of our amazing challenge players will be randomly selected to win a $25 gift certificate!!  Canvas Corp Brands include .... Canvas Home Basics, Tattered Angels, 7 Gypsies and Bag Works! Be sure to visit their website and browse!!

Our Guest Designer is the amazing Lynne Forsythe!  So stop by and give her some love at her blog!

And my rustic project is my favorite church!! This is inspired by an old (ok, from the 1800's) church that I pass by all the time.  A couple of years ago, I sketched it in my sketchbook and made a canvas for an awesome cousin.  And just lately, when looking through my old sketchbooks, it inspired me again ...  I hope it inspires you too!! 

The base was created with pallet wood scraps. I used wood glue and clamps to join them together.  After the glue was dry, the sanding block and tack cloth finished off the job!

This pallet wood was really light, and not really all that rustic.  So, I used the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kits, the White Washed Pine, to faux finish my wood!  

First, all the the wood was covered with matte gel because I wanted to make sure the wood wasn't going to soak in all the product the minute it was sprayed/poured on!

After the gel was dry, I followed the directions in the kit!! So stinkin' easy!

But I have to say, when I went to spray the 'white-wash' on ... I couldn't do it!! I just loved the way it looked already!!  

After the faux finish dried, I used scrap paper to create the pieces for the church.  You can see my little sketch there too! 

I used the Canvas Corp Corrugated Cardboard paper and coated it with chalkpaint. After it was cut into the shapes, I actually dipped the edges into the 
faux wood finish paint.  It turned out really cool looking!

The steeple is canvas, part of the building is scrapbook paper and the door is blue burlap.  

The church needed a little color, so Tattered Angel Glimmer mist through a stencil onto the canvas was the perfect addition to the top of the church!

I printed out the words in different fonts onto the thick brown paper from Canvas Corp!

And then ... finishing paints, 

So come and be rustic with us!! Playing along with our challenges is such a great way to get your mixed media mojo going and to perhaps try something new!!  Can't wait to see what you create!! 


  1. Oh wow Karen, this looks amazing. Thanks for the step-by-steps.

  2. So so so so sooooooooooo glad you didn't white-wash your boards Karen. I truly ADORE your church. OHHHHHH so WONDERFUL. Wood, corrugated cardboard - both favorites of mind and we too have a little church like this just down the road from the ranch. What a PRECIOUS creation. j.

  3. What a great project you created! love the design of the church!

  4. I love finding old buildings to sketch, especially churches! Yours is very inspiring indeed!

  5. Fantastic! You really brought the church to life for us. Love that you put so much work into your project. Oh and I wouldn't have added the white either. It looks great just the way it is.
    Hugs, Dangina

  6. Gorgeous rustic finish, loving the images too. Happy crafting, Angela x

  7. Fantastic work, Karen! Thanks to the tutorial.

  8. Love the wood base, what a great technique to use over and over again.

  9. I love the look you achieved with this process! The sentiment is perfect!

  10. Its beautiful!! Specially the quote you have used giving an extra meaning to your work .

  11. Fab project - now this is rustic and such a creative design. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Great piece! I love your rustic wood base - perfect background for the church.

  13. I adore this Karen! Rustic folk art perfection so beautifully created xx